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Cannabis, The Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan, author of "The botany of desire: a plant's-eye view of the world," has done a range of work in journalism, environmentalism and architecture. Here he discusses his approach to plants and their relationship to people. Concludes with questions from the audience. Held on November 12, 2002 at the University of California, Berkeley. 78 min.

Charter Day Honors Outgoing Chancellor Berdahl and His Wife, 4/15/04

Presents film coverage of the Charter Day ceremony of 2004 featuring a special farewell to the Berdahls, in which the Cal community expresses gratitude for the chancellor's leadership and celebrates his seven years of achievements at the University. 110 min.

Decision in the Streets.

Covers the tumultuous beginnings of the Bay Area civil rights and peace movements from 1960 to 1965. Segments include 1960's anti-House Un-American Activities Committee demonstrations; Hands-Off-Cuba demonstrations in 1962 and 1963; the 1963 march protesting the Birmingham church bombings; mass arrests of protesters sitting in at the Sheraton Palace Hotel over racist hiring practices; the 1964 anti-Goldwater Republican convention protests; the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, California and more. 35 min.

Developing the Next Generation of Mathematicians.

Washington, D.C.: Mathematical Association of America, c1991.
Uri Treisman deescribes his work at the University of California, Berkeley which has led to increases in the academic performance and persistence of African-American, Hispanic, and other underrepresented minority students in freshman calculus. Film describes the origin and evolution of programs which draw students into mathematics and enables them to excel. c1991. 43 min.

Diversity Matters: Perspectives Across the Disciplines on Affirmative Action.

Produced and directed by Mary A. Knighton and The Diversity Video Project Group. Professors and students at the University of California, Berkeley share their views on diversity in college student populations, debate definitions of diversity, multiculturalism in higher education and the need for affirmative action programs. Includes a historical look at resistance to affirmative action programs in the University of California college system. Contents: Part l. Present Matters: The Pipeline -- Retention, outreach and mentoring (Berkeley Pledge) -- Measuring diversity: Quotas?

Does America Need an Empire?

Max Boot, author of Savage wars of peace: Small wars and the rise of American power, presents the 2003 Nimitz Memorial lecture in which he discusses American foreign policy and America's place in the world as a global "policeman." He addresses the question "Should America assume the responsibility of policing the world, and if so, why and how?". Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on March 12, 2003. View it with RealPlayer

Ethno-racial Classification in Public Policy: Does it Have a Future?

Introductions: Michael Nacht, Henry Brady, Lee Friedman (14 min.) -- Lecture: Kenneth Prewitt (82 min.) Kenneth Prewitt, director of the U.S. Census Bureau from 1998 to 2001, speaks about ethno-racial classification in the United States and where he thinks its going with particular reference to ethnic representation in the 2000 census and the social ramifications of race in the 21st century. Held at the University of California, Berkeley on April 10, 2003 and recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley.

Food Politics and the Obesity Epidemic: How the Food Industry Influences Health and Diet

Dr. Marion Nestle, chair of NYU's Dept. of Nutrition and Food Studies and author of "Food politics," discusses the obesity epidemic in the United States and the political issues that surround it. Held at the University of California, Berkeley on April 1, 2003 and recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley. A Berkeley Webcast event; sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. 2003. 53 min.

Free of Speech Movement. (2000)

A brief chronology using newsreel films of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s. Featuring Jackie Goldberg, Mario Savio, Edward Strong, Art Goldberg, Brian Turner, Clark Kerr, Ronald Reagan, Jack Weinberg. 5 min.

Free Speech Movement News Footage and Outtakes. Part 1

Television news films and clips of the 1964 Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley. Includes various scenes in Sproul Plaza, Free Speech Movement tables and rallies; the special convocation at the Greek Theater on Dec. 7; Clark Kerr, Robert Scalapini, Marion Savio speaking, the Sproul Hall sit-in of Dec. 2-4 and arrests and arraignment of students; news footage of Clark Kerr speaking on the Free Speech Movement, university policy, and community reaction. Concludes with various interviews with Mario Savio and Joan Baez singing to the crowds.